Celebrate Birthdays

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul Richter

When my husband was about to turn 60, he decided to celebrate for the
whole year running up to his birthday. He is the first male on his side of the
family in three generations to have reached sixty.
That particular year has given us wonderful memories. We spent time
with old friends, we celebrated with family, organised a three-week golf trip
(his favourite pastime) and he and I took a special holiday for just the two
of us.
Why should birthdays be celebrated?
Birthdays acknowledge our existence and our arrival on this planet. No
matter the family into which you were born, you have one chance to live
your life to the full. You are unique and your life story is unique. This alone
is a reason to celebrate!
Make every birthday count by finding time to:
~ Sit quietly and think of all that you can be grateful for in your life. Your smallest blessings are often your
greatest gifts.
~ Spend some time alone to reflect. Quietly ask your body to repair any emotional, mental, spiritual or
physical damage while taking a quiet walk through your garden or the countryside, by taking a soothing
bath, by treating yourself to a massage or lying and listening peacefully to beautiful music. Your body is
a miracle and needs to be revitalised from time to time. What better day than on the first day of the start
of your new year?
~ Be gracious in receiving birthday wishes or gifts from family and friends. Open your gifts while in the
company of those who have given them to you. There is nothing more disappointing than handing a
gift to someone who then puts it aside to open later, especially when you have gone out of your way to
get something that will be appreciated. Remember this when you are given a gift.
Celebrating a birthday bonds family, friends and colleagues. Make your birthday a special day. Show
you care by remembering and celebrating the birthdays of the people who share your life. It is a
wonderful gift to make someone feel special.